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New Menchie's Store At Crossroads At Santa Maria Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

December 18, 2014 at 11:31AM PST | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, opens its newest store at Crossroads at Santa Maria, located at 2202 South Bradly Rd., Santa Maria, CA, 93455. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Santa Maria favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, December 20 to Friday, December 26, packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt...

First New CEO Announced In Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies 30 Year History »

December 18, 2014 at 11:06AM PST | Source: Kids 'R' Kids

David Vinson takes the Helm as President and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies; Charts Course for Franchise Growth with New Executive Appointments
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // DULUTH, Ga. - Today, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies announced David Vinson assumed the role of president and CEO of Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc. - a move aligned with the company's progressive vision and ongoing commitment to provide industry-leading early childhood education programs and facilities.
The announcement is part of a larger strategy developed alongside franchisees and partners to determine a refreshed direction for the company and strengthen the executive leadership team as the franchise celebrates 30 years of excellence and expands internationally...

Le Meridien Debuts In The Big Easy With The Opening Of Le Meridien New Orleans »

December 18, 2014 at 10:59AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Newly Transformed Hotel Unveils $29 Million Renovation of Public Spaces, Restaurant and Bars, Guestrooms, and Expanded Meeting Space
NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today unveiled Le Méridien New Orleans, following a comprehensive $29 million transformation. The newly renovated hotel features 410 fully redesigned guestrooms, including 22 suites; three new food and beverage outlets, including a new destination restaurant; and the addition of 1,600 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.
"Le Méridien is experiencing strong growth momentum in North America, and New Orleans has long been on our short list of dynamic U.S. cities that share in our brand passions for the arts, culture and cuisine," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin...

Starwood Hotels' Leading-Edge Aloft Brand Makes Debut In Detroit »

December 18, 2014 at 10:52AM PST | Source: aloft hotels

Bringing new Life to a City Landmark, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney Delivers Urban Design, a Vibrant Social Scene and Live Performances by Emerging Artists
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced the launch of its game-changing Aloft® brand in Detroit, following the completion of an adaptive re-use project that has transformed the historic David Whitney building. Located at One Park Avenue, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney features 136 spacious, loft-like rooms, forward-thinking design and an energetic, social atmosphere - all at an affordable price point. The hotel is owned and developed by Whitey Partners, LLC, a joint venture between The Roxbury Group and VOS Hospitality, the lifestyle/boutique division of Trans Inns Management, Inc...

Great Wraps Secures Multi-City Development Agreement For Dallas-Fort Worth And Oklahoma City »

December 18, 2014 at 10:44AM PST | Source: Great Wraps

Multi-Concept Operator Chooses Hot Again Fast-Casual Brand to Fill Niche Mall Segment
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // ATLANTA - With more than 80 locations nationwide, Great Wraps, a restaurant franchise that lives at the intersection of flavor and health, announces a franchise development agreement that will catapult the brand's presence further into Texas, with the signing of a multi-city deal to develop restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, as well as enter the state of Oklahoma for the first time. Experienced multi-unit franchisee Premila Vishwanath and her business partners at J2K, LLC., who currently operate a franchise portfolio that consists of 44 Jack in the Box and four Pizza Hut locations, secured the rights to develop Great Wraps restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth, as well as Oklahoma City...

Limited-Service Restaurant Johnny Rockets Proves HAMburgers And Shakes Stand The Test Of Time  »

December 18, 2014 at 10:27AM PST | Source: Johnny Rockets

Adaptable Footprints and Route 66 Prototype Lead to Increased Franchise Interest and Growth
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // Aliso Viejo, Calif. - According to a recent Technomic report, 95 percent of consumers say they eat hamburgers at least once a month, contributing to a burger boom that spans across the restaurant industry. Impacting sales in restaurants, this industry trend has similarly contributed to growth in franchise sales, particularly for those franchise restaurants with high brand visibility and a focus on the guest experience. With a 28-year legacy of serving all-American menu items, including burgers and hand-spun shakes, Johnny Rockets' franchise interest has grown exponentially in 2014 due to its continued relevance and entertaining dining experience, a differentiator from the crowded burger space...

Canada's Top Home Inspection Business 'A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections' Continues Explosive Growth In Canada And Across The Globe »

December 18, 2014 at 10:21AM PST | Source: A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections

Company Celebrates its Tremendous Success in 2014 and Plans to Become Largest Home Inspections Firm in the World
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - A Buyer's Choice Home Inspections (ABCHI) is finishing up an outstanding 2014 filled with dozens of office openings and an increased presence around the world. The company continues to provide trust, safety and security to homebuyers and realtors through an innovative home inspection business model.
And, 2015 is projected to be even bigger and better.
Growth plans in 2015 call for another year of double-digit office increases in Canada, building on the incredible 16 additional franchises added in 2014 so far. And now, more realtors across Canada are recommending ABCHI, boosting the brand's increase rate of inspections year over year to more than 15 percent in 2014...

The Wendy's Company Elevates Executive Leadership Assignments To Drive Growth And Development »

December 18, 2014 at 10:13AM PST | Source: Wendy's

Penegor and Wright Promoted to Executive Vice President with Additional Leadership Responsibilities Restaurant Development and Consumer-Facing Technology Capabilities Also Enhanced
DUBLIN, Ohio, Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) today announced several changes to executive assignments among members of the current Senior Leadership Team. The changes are designed to drive growth and restaurant development for The Wendy's Company.
The Wendy's Company is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 franchise and Company restaurants in the United States and 27 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit aboutwendys.com or wendys...

Interstate Batteries' Ron Kneifl Stars In Company's National Television Commercial »

December 18, 2014 at 9:29AM PST | Source: Interstate All Battery Center

Whistling While He Works Brings Fame To Sioux City Route Truck Driver
December 18, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS -- A typical day for Interstate Batteries route sales manager Ron Kneifl involves delivering batteries to mechanic shops and retail stores along his Sioux City, Iowa, route. Lately, however, his stops have been taking a little longer as his clients want to talk about more than just batteries - they want to talk about Ron Kneifl, the emerging television commercial star.
Kneifl, who earned an Interstate Batteries Route Sales Manager of the Year award in May, appears in one of the company's national television commercials that began airing in November. The advertisement promotes Interstate's commitment to keeping America beautiful through the company's recycling program and features Kneifl whistling the tune of "America The Beautiful" while steering his route truck along a spectacularly scenic road...

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint To Launch New IT Strategy »

December 17, 2014 at 11:38AM PST | Source: Uncle Maddio's

With Easy Ordering, Cloud-based Security and Loyalty Integration
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // (ATLANTA, GA) - Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint will launch a new IT strategy that will improve customer engagement and franchisee satisfaction. Rolling out in the first quarter of 2015, the fast casual, create-your-own pizza concept will offer customers the latest way to connect with online and mobile ordering options. This added convenience is projected to drive more customers to the stores, and the enhanced loyalty program will bring them back.
Uncle Maddio's is also committed to the protection of sensitive customer information. The new secure, tokenization payment method will lower the risks to customers, and lower the expenses associated with PCI compliance for the franchisee...

RedBrick Pizza(R) To Debut In Kentucky »

December 17, 2014 at 11:20AM PST | Source: RedBrick Pizza

Open Flame Artisan Pizza chain set to open in Louisville's Mall St. Matthews
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // DALLAS - RedBrick Pizza, the fast-casual restaurant serving up gourmet artisan pizza baked to perfection in just 3 minutes in a 1000? open flame terra cotta oven, and also featuring Italian flatbread sandwiches known as Fhazani®, fresh chopped salads, and all natural gelato, today announced its first Kentucky restaurant will open this holiday season at Mall St. Matthews in Louisville. This new location is the first of several restaurants in the area to be developed over the next three years.
Located at 5000 Shelbyville Rd., this food court location features the new "Classic Italian" design for RedBrick Pizza Kitchen + Cafe, showcasing the restaurant's open-flame brick oven with elegant wood paneling and touches of classic Italian architecture...

Merry Maids Recognizes Outstanding Franchise Owners »

December 17, 2014 at 11:13AM PST | Source: Merry Maids

Debby, Larry and Garret Weigel Receive Highest Honor: Founder's Award
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Memphis, Tenn. - Merry Maids, the nation's leading home cleaning company and part of the ServiceMaster (NYSE: SERV) family of brands, announced the recognition of several outstanding franchise owners at its annual seminar held in Orlando, Fla. The highest honor of the year, the Founder's Award, was given to franchisees Debby, Larry and Garret Weigel, of Mobile, Ala., Pinellas Park and Jacksonville, Fla.
Merry Maids has more than 35 years of experience helping families clean up messes, creating home cleaning plans customized for each household's needs, and providing expert tips to keep living spaces clean and organized - ultimately giving them time back to spend with their families...

H&R Block CEO Applauds Congressional Action To Stem Improper Payments »

December 17, 2014 at 11:10AM PST | Source: H&R Block

KANSAS CITY, MO -- (Marketwired) -- 12/17/14 -- H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world's largest consumer tax services provider, today announced its strong support for new legislation directing the Treasury Department to implement uniform standards for taxpayers claiming refundable credits. President Barack Obama signed the legislation into law yesterday.
"It makes no sense to have different documentation requirements and fail to screen for fraud at every opportunity. This legislation is a huge step forward and will do much to help achieve the legitimate goals of covered tax credits while at the same time reducing improper payments that result from fraud or complexity by those claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit or other refundable credits," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block President and CEO...

Krispy Kreme Announces Jim Morgan To Transition To Non-Executive Chairman »

December 17, 2014 at 10:57AM PST | Source: Krispy Kreme

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 17, 2014-- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE:KKD) announced today that James H. Morgan, age 67, will transition from Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company to non-executive Chairman effective January 29, 2015.
Mr. Morgan served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from January 2008 until June 2014. He has served on the Company’s Board of Directors since 2000 and has served as Chairman of the Board since 2005.
As part of its executive succession plan, the Company appointed Tony Thompson as its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2014, at which time Mr. Morgan became Executive Chairman. Mr. Morgan’s transition to non-executive Chairman completes the succession plan...

SPG Members Stay Connected In 2015 With Free Internet Access From Starwood »

December 17, 2014 at 10:05AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Complimentary Internet is Latest Benefit for Members Who Book Through Starwood Channels Online or Via the SPG App Booking Via SPG.com Allows Travel Pros to Extend Access to SPG Clients
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Staying reliably connected to the world while on the road - whether for business or pleasure - is vital to today's modern traveler. In recognition of that, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) is announcing that all Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) members who book through Starwood's digital channels will be offered free standard in-room Internet access during their stay at all participating hotels worldwide.
"With the seismic shift towards digital, particularly when guests are on the road and literally mobile, our SPG members believe high quality Internet access is a basic necessity right up there with a great bed," said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President, SPG and Digital at Starwood...

New Orangetheory Fitness Studios Coming To Denver Area »

December 17, 2014 at 9:59AM PST | Source: Orangetheory Fitness

High-Intensity Interval Fitness Franchise Announces Grand Openings in Stapleton and Union Station
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Orangetheory® Fitness, the energizing and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced that two new studios will be coming to Denver, Colorado. The Stapleton studio located at 7349 E. 29th Avenue and the Union Station studio located at 1400 Wewatta St. will both open on Dec. 31. In addition to the Denver locations, a new studio in Boulder located at 1850 29th Street is also celebrating its grand opening this month. With 11 studios now open in the state and several in development, the brand will continue to target the Colorado market for expansion in the New Year.
The Stapleton studio will be celebrating its grand opening with a VIP party on December 30 from 5:00 - 8:00 p...

Jersey Mike's Honors Veterans With Long-Time Partner Wreaths Across AMERICA »

December 17, 2014 at 9:53AM PST | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // MANASQUAN, N.J., - Last week, New Jersey icons Governor Chris Christie and Jersey Mike's Founder and CEO Peter Cancro honored veterans at a special ceremony on Ellis Island.
The tribute was part of the nonprofit Wreaths Across America's annual pilgrimage from Harrington, Maine, to Arlington National Cemetery to deliver hundreds of thousands of wreaths for Wreaths Across America Day on December 13, 2014. Known as the world's largest veterans parade, the Wreaths Across America (WAA) convoy stops at schools, monuments, veterans homes and communities each year.
To commemorate this year's event, MSNBC's "Taking the Hill" produced a special edition hosted by former Congressman, Iraq War veteran and contributor Patrick Murphy...

Dental Fix RX Expands Dental Repair Service To North Dallas »

December 17, 2014 at 9:48AM PST | Source: Dental Fix

National mobile dental repair company, Dental Fix RX, launches all-new business in Dallas with mobile repair center.
December 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dallas, Texas. - Dental Fix RX, a mobile dental equipment repair company, recently signed an all-new franchise to service Dallas area dentists. Owned and operated by Scott Welch, the business features a fully equipped mobile repair center that will supply dentist offices with prompt, on-site equipment service, repair, and replacements. This is the second location in Dallas, and Welch's franchise will service areas from University Park to cities as far north as Frisco.
"Dental Fix offers a paradigm shifting alternative to the services currently provided to most dentists," said Scott Welch, Dental Fix franchise owner...

Marilyn Monroe(TM) Spas Launches Worldwide Franchise Opportunities »

December 16, 2014 at 2:56PM PST | Source: Marilyn Monroe Spas
Marilyn Monroe Spas Opportunities Available

Former Disney Executive Brings Iconic Spa Brand to Life Across the Country, Now Offering Opportunities to Franchise Marilyn Monroe™ Nail Lounge & Glamour Room Concepts
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. - Marilyn Monroe™ Spas, a national brand with eight locations currently open and several more opening soon, announced today that it will begin franchising its popular Nail Lounge and Glamour Room concepts.
Both concepts offer a contemporary take on the traditional day spa and leverage the universal appeal, sophistication and intrigue of the Marilyn Monroe™ brand persona. Led by spa industry veteran Niki T. Bryan, founder and CEO, and former Disney executive Allen "Al" R. Weiss, executive chairman, Marilyn Monroe™ Spas was granted an exclusive global licensing agreement in 2012 with Authentic Brands Group, a leading international intellectual property corporation that owns the estate of Marilyn Monroe, to operate in the spa, salon, nail and health and wellness categories using the Marilyn Monroe name...

Hampton By Hilton Announces Opening Of First Hotel In Panama  »

December 16, 2014 at 2:52PM PST | Source: Hampton Inn & Suites

Hilton Worldwide's Fifth Property in Panama Represents another Milestone in the Company's Latin America Expansion Efforts
December 16, 2014 // Franchising.com // PANAMA CITY, Panama and MCLEAN, Va. - Hampton by Hilton continues its international expansion by announcing the opening of its first hotel in Panama today. Hampton by Hilton Panama, a 108-room, new-build hotel managed by Hilton Worldwide, joins the global brand of more than 1,900 mid-priced Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites and Hampton by Hilton hotels, as the company's fifth hotel in Panama.
Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management for Hilton Worldwide, said, "This opening marks the fifth Latin American country with a Hampton by Hilton hotel...



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